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John Peel
Position: Staff reporter
Phone Number: (970), 375-4586

Could Smelter Mountain be the next Krakatoa?

Dear Action Line: I was hiking the Animas River Trail, just north of Nature’s Oasis, and came across a mysterious outcropping of rocks. The rocks look like they are volcanic, such as a l...

Durango welcome mat needs some shaking

Dear Action Line: My husband and I retired here five years ago and we love Durango. We enjoy all of the outdoor activities that come with living in the mountains. The restaurants in Dura...

Does Durango mail go to Lithuania? Or maybe to Sinaloa?

Dear Action Line: I wanted to get Durango’s 10-day weather forecast using the wunderground.com website. So I typed our local ZIP code in the search bar. Not only did Durango appear, but ...

Bayfield’s Joe Stephenson: Man or myth?

Dear Mr. Line: So, I’m reading about upcoming events in Bayfield, and I say to myself, “I wonder who this Joe Stephenson was who was such a big deal that they named a park after him?” An...

Back in the day, the Animas River was for sewage, not restaurants

Dear Action Line: One of Durango’s finest natural resources is a beautiful river that weaves its way through the middle of town. It’s the object of rafters, kayakers, anglers, bikers, jo...

Shreds of advice for paper towel problems

Dear Action Line: What masochist invented the dispensers that require towels to be pulled out with wet hands? Unless they are already dry, the towels just shred when pulled by wet finger...

Action Line’s advice for hikers and mountain bikers: When you see the other, give ’em the stink eye

Dear Action Line: While riding my mountain bike in the region, I have encountered more trail users than normal. I always slow or stop to offer a friendly greeting. Mountain bikers typica...

Nimbly navigating the mean streets of Durango

Dear Action Line: Years ago, I was taught the intricacies of motor vehicle movement on American roadways. This education included a strongly worded admonition to not stop in lanes of thr...

Coming soon? The Holiday Inn spur trail

Dear Action Line: Why is the river path/easement behind Natural Grocers still closed? It was my understanding that the improvements were a condition of building the hotel. Yet, the hotel...

Courthouse clock rings true once again

Dear Action Line: Why is the La Plata County Courthouse clocktower always sounding 8 minutes after the hour? Today I think it was actually 14 minutes late. Can you inquire with Quasimodo...

Rolling out the barrels for downtown flowers

Dear Action Line: Who is the city gardener who has done a wonderful job recently with flowers on Main Avenue? Is there a new line item in the city budget for flowers? They seem to be lon...

This week we fix signs and calm traffic

Dear Action Line: The sign encountered when approaching the Durango Community Recreation Center from the north on East Second Avenue – “No Recreation Center Access” – is unwelcoming. For...